Tuesday, 1 May 2012

my ideal vintage dress and an autumn thursday

orange collar vintage dress buttons b orange collar bow red platform jc shoes seamed dear gladys tights orange collar cardigan orange collar vintage cardi b orange collar vintage dress buttons
When it comes to dresses, I definitely have a type. Well, I have a few, of course, but one major type incudes a peter pan collar and button details. These prim little dresses catch my eye every time, and I have to make an effort not to buy dresses that are too similar! I've done pretty well, so far, and have a nice amount – although there is, of course, room for more.

This is what I wore last Thursday, a cold, rainy day that was also very dark, and I found it hard to take photos. I think I need to experiment with some more photo-taking spots..! It'll mean I can share more of my home, too, which I would like to do. The dress is vintage from etsy, (and has a matching mini cape and I'll wear both soon – just not when it's windy because the cape blows up and delivers a pert little slap to the face, which I do not care for), the cardigan is from asos and I should have bought two because it's been so useful, the bow at the neck is from a package (hooray for online shopping!), the shoes are Jeffrey Campbell and super comfortable, and the back seam tights with the flower detail at the ankle are from one of my favourite Melbourne shops, Dear Gladys in Northcote.

I am sure this is, you know, a thing with lots of people, but tell me, do you have recurring types when it comes to clothing?

37 comments:

AdrianCompanyVintage said...

Cute dress!I don't have a type,I would wear a feminine dress and manswear too haha!And I love your shoe collection by the way!I need more shoes haha!

Teresa said...

Gorgeous dress and yes! I definitely have a type when it comes to dresses. Peter pan collars feature in my collection, as do lots of black and white and full skirts. :)

Debs said...

My recurring types used to revolve around colour. I got obsessed with a colour and buy too much of it, only to donate half of it a year or two down the track. Now I have the thrifting/vintage bug.
Please tell my those cami knickers aren't pinned to the wall ;)
x Debs

Alli said...

I love the dress.....so cute. It made me giggle a bit when you mentioned the cape being a slapping 'danger'. My memory of Melbourne winds, on a bad day I wouldn't be surprised if it would knock you off your feet! Melbourne wind......brrrrrrrrr lol :)

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

I nearly fell off my chair when I scrolled down and spied your vintage peach girdle and scrumptious fur collar - oh so divine!!!!!! Then your gorgeous frock - oh yes the wee collars suit your lovely face and hair! When it comes to frocks, I love 1940s and 50s fitted shapes but I don't have a gorgeous swan-like neck like you so I choose scoop and wide necklines. I just seem to gravitate towards them automatically now, coz I know they're right for me:)) x

Jo said...

Oh gosh - best dress ever! I am definitely a pan collar girl - I get so excited when I find them on thrifting adventures! <3

x
Lost in the Haze: A Fashion Photography Blog

Margaux said...

This dress is perfect!
You look amazing!!
Really!

Jessica Cangiano said...

You look beautiful - that dress fits you to a tee and is so sweetly lovely.

I adore the fact that just as we're heading into the sun-kissed, sweltering months up here in Canada, you're launching into autumn (my favourite season). It's inspiring to see colder weather looks during such a toasty time! :)

♥ Jessica

Andi B. Goode said...

I love how the ribbon/bow matches the colour of your hair. And I definitely have types for clothing! I love dresses that button down the front, have pockets, cuffed sleeves and usually plaid. That's one type, anyway :)
-Andi x

ro said...

I love the dress, i love the necklace and I love the pants.

Tilly said...

Oh my! I just discovered your blog and thought the person in the top photo was Scarlett Johannson! Then scrolled down and realised it was the blog author. So pretty!

ourdailydress said...

Anything with a peter pan collar or full 50s skirt and I'm sold. It's a problem.

esme and the lane way said...

AdrianCompanyVintage: hehe I know what you mean – sometimes I feel super girly and sometimes, well, just not! :)

Teresa: yay for peter pan collars and full skirts!

Debs: Oh I know what you mean about colours. I sometimes try and find one in each colour, which isn't easy! Do you ever get back into a colour once you've donated it? and the pins! They're not cami knickers, but a vintage girdle and I've put pins through the holes in the old elastic. It's not the best way to hang it up but I wasn't sure what is! Have a post coming up about it though ;)

Alli: thanks! Hehe OMG I know, I actually get cranky about the wind here! Ha!

Pull Your Socks Up!: thanks, I am about to do a post about the fur and girdle etc! Oh and what?! You have the most incredible figure ever, you lucky thing! Ha! You always look amazing :)

Jo: yay, more for peter pan collars! Me too, I don't find them that often when thrifting so am definitely chuffed!

Margaux: thank you! I was pretty chuffed to find it :)

Jessica Cangiano: thanks! And I love seeing everyone go into summer – but when it's really cold here I will be a teeny bit jealous hehe ;)

Andi B. Goode: thanks! Oh and that's true, you do! You look amazing in those dresses :)

Tilly: hahaha having just seen some less-than-flattering pics of myself that is somewhat cheering. Thanks very much! But no, I don't look like her, nevermind ;)

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Vintagesuburbia said...

I have a weakness for 50s floral day dresses. Big problem for my bank balance as there are HEAPs of these on etsy. Thanks for the post. Love the fact that you have a whole room for your clothes BTW. Well done! Do you find the open dress rods are better than wardrobes? Some people dream about saving the planet, I dream about my very own dressing room! Mx

Chacha. said...

I'm in love! :3 Stunning as always!

Dulcie said...

I have about 5 variations on the breton stripey top! And this may sound like an odd request, but with that rail of amazing vintage goodness behind you, I would just love to see some detailed pictures of... the clothes! Does that sound strange? Probably. But I just love looking inside other peoples wardrobes especially when they are filled with so much vintage treasure! x

Meg Eileen Carroll said...

I definitely have a typer (or two) of dress that always catches my eye, peter pan collar (lace collar is bonus points) velvet, waisted, circle. pink or blue. I need to expand from my comfort zone a bit more. I don't explore many patterns/fabrics either. that's something I should really do. That grey dress is positively gorgeous!

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S. said...

this looks really pretty
i love peter pan collars as well, but i find them quite hard to find in vintage stores (and i work in one so i should be more lucky than other) haha ^^

Rosalinda Tjioe said...

What a gorgeous dress <3 X

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Sarah said...

I too have a lot of peter pan collar dresses and lots of clothes with dots on. You look gorgeous in that dress!

Mrs Bossa said...

Really lovely. I'm always drawn to peter pan dresses, but just don't suit them with my bosoms! I'm a sucker for a 3/4 sleeve or for an off-the-shoulder - though you don't see many of either these days - and I love slightly over the knee pencil skirts. As for other items...I have to restrain myself when it comes to tan leather vintage bags - have far too many already...

LandGirl1980 said...

YUMMY as always :) Love it with the little cardy!

Cherise said...

I love the burnt orange on your sweater, looks great on you! :)

Miss Bias said...

Love this fitted dress on you. Gorgeous shoes too.

You look lovely as always.

Miss Bias xx

ConstantlyAlice said...

I LOVE a good peter pan collar. In fact, I have patterns to make them, just in case a dress happens to come without one ;-)

Circus Girl (Zoë) said...

That really is an ideal dress! I think I share similar clothing tastes, as peter pan collars just get to me!!! I'm such a sucker for tight fitted lace and pastel colours too! Bet my 16 year old punk rocker self would shiver at the though! :) Have a lovely week Esme! xxx

Lainie said...

So cute, Love this dress. I am also partial to peter pan collars and puffed sleeves, but at 35 years old I am unsure about pulling it off.
I like my dresses either very full and flirty, or super fitted wiggle. :-)

Anonymous said...

You look great! My latest fashion kick ......... sequined and mirrored circle skirts. The mirrors and sequins reflect away evil spirits. Because they are flashy, they cause quite a stir. I have been collecting them for a while.

Lynn said...

Your blog is so inspiring! I love this dress! I could have fun in a dress like this and still act my age!!

Love your clothing setup too. I will be moving soon and I am trying desperately to figure out where the clothes will go!!

xoxo
Lynn

esme and the lane way said...

Vivian: that sounds wonderful! It must be amazing to be able to make exactly what you want :)

Vintagesuburbia: haha yep a whole room, small as it is! I don't think the racks are better than wardrobes, to be honest, but I like really heavy, dark old wardrobes and just can't fit them into the little bedrooms here. SO clothing racks save heaps of room. I only really hang my op shop skirts and blouses on them, though :)

Dulcie: hiya! Totally understand the 5 variations of the breton top :) And not strange at all, I'd be happy to show my clothes racks' clothes!

Meg Eileen Carroll: nothing wrong with having a signature style! :)

S.: no, I know, I hardly ever see them in shops!

Mrs Bossa: oh I could really collect vintage tan leather bags too. Have you posted your collection?

Miss Bias, Cherise, LandGirl1980: thanks ladies! :D

ConstantlyAlice: ahh excellent! :)

Circus Girl (Zoë): haha mine too! Cargo pants and band tee shirts uniform..!!!!!

Lainie: I bet you can! If you like wearing something, then why not? I know what you mean though. At 31 I'm wondering if there'll be a time when the peter pan collars or whatever might not work... !

Anonymous: thanks! Sparkly skirts are wonderful!

Lynn: thanks! My set up is not perfect but I'm working on it :)

Miss Maple said...

That's a really perfect dress. Fits you like a glove. I like the bow and that you can change it every time you want. And of course the autumnal colours of bow and cardi. Best wishes!

MarieBayArea said...

I so get you on this one! I'm addicted to dresses with Peter Pan collars and button details also. Cannot resist them! I love your little bow too.

Ceri said...

Absolutely love everything about that dress. And the cardi looks so good with it.

I wish I could pull off big shoes like that but at 5'8" and living in Mexico, I already tower above everyone in flats!

Vivian de Violet said...
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Debs said...

I seem to come in a full circle and get back into a colour after a couple of years and then curse myself for donating the clothes in the first place (I'll never learn)
Oops (blushing) I didn't realise it was a girdle (blushing more and feeling silly). It does look great on the wall. I would love a room, or even a corner to decorate like that.

Brigitte Bell said...

Has anyone ever told you that you look like Scarlett Johansen?? Anways, adorable style love your blog and that vintage/retro vbe! :)

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